Resources for Patients

If you are a patient or caregiver

Resources are available to help you and your doctor find personalized treatment options that are potentially more effective for your lung cancer than cytotoxic chemotherapy. What’s more, new treatments are being investigated in clinical trials at an increasing rate. Comprehensive genomic testing of your lung cancer can help your doctor find therapies and clinical trials that could work best for your unique disease.

Learn more about comprehensive genomic testing at Foundation Medicine.

Complete A Treatment Plan

To ensure you understand all aspects of your care, you may want to ask your medical team to develop a written cancer treatment plan. This can be a useful communication tool for you and your doctor as it can help provide a complete view of what’s to come. It will also help you keep organized, ask questions, and prepare for what’s next. Your treatment plan reflects your unique situation, taking into account not only the type of cancer you have but your overall medical condition and your personal considerations.

Your Cancer Treatment Plan Should Include:

  • Your cancer diagnosis, tumor characteristics, tests you have had to diagnose your cancer, tests you will need to have performed (and how often), treatments you have had or will receive, and how to access support services.
  • Dates and location of scheduled treatments.
  • Side effects of treatments.
  • Recommendations and precautions for managing side effects.
  • Information on scheduling follow-up visits, tests, etc.
  • Complete contact information for all of the members of your health care team.

Source: Cancer Support Community

Cancer Patient Handbook

The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation has assembled a handbook for cancer patients. It provides information about the disease, diagnosis, specialists, testing, clinical trials, living with lung cancer, and support services.

Financial Assistance

Battling lung cancer is difficult enough without also having to handle the
financial burden of paying for care. For more information about billing support,
as well as support in accessing targeted therapies, immunotherapies and
clinical trials, click HERE.